Radgrid load empty on Page Load

I spent way too much time finding a resolution to this issue, but I finally found an ugly way to do it so hopefully this helps someone else.

I’m doing a simple data load with a RadGrid from an SQLDataSource. However due to the nature of the page and data the initial grid is populated with over 1000 records and performance is terrible.

I want to use the Filters within each RadGrid column as my ‘Search Parameters’ rather than building it manually and passing them in to the SELECT statement.

I tried to set the DataSourceID to empty in the NeedDataSource event however I ran into a few obscure issues.

Here’s what I ended up with:
Define your Radgrid, with the DataSourceID included. In the MasterTableView, ensure you have a “NoMasterRecordsText” value.

<telerik:RadGrid ID="rgd_ComplianceEdit" runat="server" CellSpacing="0"  AllowPaging="False" Height="600px" AllowFilteringByColumn="true" 
        GridLines="None" AutoGenerateColumns="False" ShowFooter="False" OnItemDataBound="rgd_ComplianceEdit_ItemDataBound" OnInsertCommand="rgd_ComplianceEdit_InsertCommand" 
        OnUpdateCommand="rgd_ComplianceEdit_UpdateCommand" OnNeedDataSource="rgd_ComplianceEdit_NeedDataSource"  DataSourceID="sql_compliance"
        AllowAutomaticUpdates="True" AllowAutomaticDeletes="True" Width="100%" AllowAutomaticInserts="True" GroupingSettings-CaseSensitive="false">
            <Scrolling AllowScroll="true" ScrollHeight="300px" UseStaticHeaders="true" />
            <Selecting AllowRowSelect="False"></Selecting>
        <MasterTableView DataSourceID="sql_compliance" DataKeyNames="id" ShowHeadersWhenNoRecords="true" NoMasterRecordsText="Enter Search Term(s) for record display."
            CommandItemDisplay="Top" CommandItemSettings-ShowRefreshButton="false" EditMode="InPlace">

Then create an empty SQLDataSource in addition to your real data source:

<asp:SqlDataSource runat="server" ID="sql_empty" ConnectionString="<%$ ConnectionStrings:SQLConnectionString %>"
        SelectCommand="SELECT 1 where 1 = 0"></asp:SqlDataSource>


Now in the PageLoad event, use an if Statement to choose which data source to load.

if (!IsPostBack) { rgd_ComplianceEdit.DataSourceID = "sql_empty"; }
if (IsPostBack) { rgd_ComplianceEdit.DataSourceID = "sql_compliance"; rgd_ComplianceEdit.Rebind(); }


When I load the page, the RadGrid comes up empty. When I filter on a column, it populates!

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